One of the first players off the bench for the Oregon women's basketball team during the Ducks' run to the Elite Eight announced Wednesday night she plans to transfer to Boise State.
Mallory McGwire, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Reno, Nev., started 19 games for the Ducks in 2017-18 and averaged 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game.
"We are excited to have Mallory join our program," Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said. "On the court, she is a terrific player who will fit in to what we do and hopefully help us get to another level. Off the court, she comes from a wonderful family and is a very high-character student-athlete whom everyone will enjoy being around and getting to know. She is a great addition to the Bronco Family."
McGwire is the daughter of former San Diego State and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dan McGwire. Her uncle is Mark McGwire, a longtime first baseman for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals and current bench coach for the San Diego Padres.
McGwire and her older sister, Morgan, played high school basketball at Reno High with Boise State senior Shalen Shaw. Morgan just finished her career at Santa Clara.
"I want to say thank you to the University of Oregon, the coaching staff and my teammates for an amazing past 2 years," McGwire wrote on Twitter. "But I am thrilled to announce I will be joining Boise State University for the remainder of my basketball and academic career."
Over two seasons at Oregon, McGwire appeared in all 75 of the Ducks' games, including 43 starts. She averaged a combined 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while blocking 66 shots and shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
In March, Boise State wrapped up back-to-back Mountain West Tournament titles and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons. The Broncos lose seniors Shaw and Brooke Wheeler to graduation.
McGwire, who will sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules, will be joined by incoming freshmen Rachel Bowers (Newhall, Calif./Canyon HS), Maggie Freeman (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS) and Jade Loville (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS).
Transfer Jayde Christopher (Kansas) also will be eligible to play after sitting out last season along with Sofia Galeron (Burgos, Spain), who redshirted last season after joining the team in January.
BSU men draw Drake
The Boise State men’s basketball team will play Nov. 27 at Drake as part of the 2018 Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge.
The time and broadcast information for the game in Des Moines, Iowa, will be announced at a later date.
Drake finished 17-17 overall and 10-8 in conference last season. The Bulldogs earned a bid to the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament and lost in the second round to eventual champion Northern Colorado.
BSU coach honored
Boise State's Beck Roghaar was named the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year on Thursday by a vote of the league's coaches.
It is Roghaar’s first Mountain West Coach of the Year honor and second coach-of-the-year award in his career. He received the same honor in the WAC in 2011.
Roghaar led the Broncos to an undefeated conference record in 2018, winning the Mountain Division for the first time in program history.